Why would I want to go anywhere other than Tottenham? Resurgent defender commits future to Lilywhites

Why would I want to go anywhere other than Tottenham?  Resurgent defender commits future to Lilywhites

Resurgent Tottenham defender Matt Doherty has seemingly reiterated his happiness at Tottenham in a recent interview when questioned about whether he came close to leaving the club in January.

Reports linked the Republic of Ireland defender, then struggling to get a game under Antonio Conte, with a return to Wolves in the January transfer window, perhaps as a makeweight for Adama Traore to move to north London in return. Such a move never materialised, however.

Why would I want to go anywhere other than Tottenham?  Resurgent defender commits future to Lilywhites

Matt Doherty celebrates scoring the first goal during their Premier League clash with Leeds United in February (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images).

And now, two months after the close of the window, Doherty is back to some of his best career form, and has unseated summer addition Emerson Royal to nail down a spot in Antonio Conte’s Spurs side, rewarding his manager with two goals and three assists in his last 6 starts for the lilywhites.

But did he ever come close to leaving? Well, not in the eyes of the 30-year-old, who questioned where he would want to go aside from Spurs.

‘I didn’t come close [to leaving]’, he told the media. ‘I never had a conversation, nothing was ever said to me. From my point of view I was led to believe that I wasn’t going anywhere.

‘I don’t know if that’s the case, that is what my point of view was. You have thoughts at times that it wasn’t working out, I just decided that I wanted to train hard and I wanted to play here’, Doherty added.

And, the defender seemed to suggest he was very happy at Spurs, questioning where else he might spend his future.

‘Why would I want to go anywhere apart from Tottenham? I thought if I keep training hard and I keep doing what the manager wants the opportunity would come and it would be up to me to grasp the opportunity and at the moment I seem to be doing that well.’

Tottenham ‘miracle’ alive and kicking?

The 5-1 hammering of Newcastle United on Sunday has got Tottenham fans once more dreaming of a spot in the top four come the end of the season, and the Champions League football that comes with it.

Antonio Conte has previously warned that his side need a ‘miracle’ to finish fourth, but Arsenal should drop points against Crystal Palace in a tricky game at Selhurst Park, the outcome of Tottenham’s season will once again be in their own hands as they host Arsenal in the rescheduled north-London derby at the end of the season.

Should Spurs find some consistency at this key point of their season, fourth spot and north London bragging rights could yet be theirs.

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 30 52 73
2 Liverpool FC 30 57 72
3 Chelsea FC 29 35 59
4 Arsenal FC 28 13 54
5 Tottenham Hotspur 29 11 51
6 Manchester United 30 8 51
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 31 6 49
8 West Ham United 30 10 48
9 Leicester City 28 -4 37
10 Aston Villa 30 0 36
11 Southampton FC 30 -9 36
12 Crystal Palace 29 1 34
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 30 -10 34
14 Brentford FC 31 -11 33
15th Newcastle United 29 -17 31
16 Leeds United 31 -33 30
17 Everton FC 27 -18 25
18 Watford FC 30 -28 22
19 Burnley FC 28 -18 21
20 Norwich City 30 -45 18
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 14
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 14
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur 12
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 12
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 12
Tony, Ivan Brentford FC 11
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City 10
De Bruyne, Kevin Manchester City 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 10
Bowen, Jarrod West Ham United 9
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 9
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 9
Saka, Bukayo Arsenal FC 9
Rafinha Leeds United 9
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Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 9
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